Entertainment News Roundup: Water baby Hugh Jackman get soaking in sci-fi thriller 'Reminiscence'; ‘Paw Patrol’ unleashed: Behind ViacomCBS’s plan to take on Disney and more
Kelly at his sex abuse trial testified on Thursday that the R&B singer videotaped their sexual activity when she was 16 and insisted she dress like a Girl Scout.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Water baby Hugh Jackman get soaking in sci-fi thriller 'Reminiscence'
Hugh Jackman calls himself a water baby, but he's never spent as much time getting wet as in his latest movie, "Reminiscence." "I'm Australian born and bred so I love the water. I go into the ocean almost every day if I can," said Jackman.
'Paw Patrol' unleashed: Behind ViacomCBS's plan to take on Disney
When "Paw Patrol: The Movie" hits theaters and the Paramount+ streaming service on Friday, it will kick off one of ViacomCBS' most ambitious efforts to take on Disney in the streaming wars. The release of the feature film based on the animated children's series about a group of rescue dogs who protect their community will be backed by an "eight-figure" marketing blitz, with 1,800 TV ads across channels like Nickelodeon. It involves partnerships with almost 200 companies - from Kellogg's cereal to Best Western hotels - on tie-ins for toys and other products, many of which will come with a free trial of Paramount+.
Timeline: A timeline of R. Kelly's life and the sex abuse case against him
R&B singer R. Kelly is on trial in Brooklyn federal court on charges he led a two-decade racketeering scheme in which women and girls were recruited for him to have sex with and subjected to physical abuse and blackmail. Kelly has denied the charges.
'Best Actor': Dutch film awards go gender-neutral
The main movie awards in the Netherlands will form this year only single out the best acting performance in a leading and supporting role, instead of handing out separate prizes to male and female actors. The move is meant to make the Golden Calf awards - named after the small golden statues presented to winners - more inclusive, organizers said on Thursday.
Country Music Awards moves from broadcast TV to streaming on Amazon
Next year's Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live on Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video, the first major awards show to move exclusively online, organizers said on Thursday. The awards, first held in 1966, are the longest-running honors in country music and had been broadcast live in the United States on the CBS broadcast channel. CBS decided to instead air the CMT Music Awards, country music honors voted on by fans, in April 2022.
Japan action star Sonny Chiba dies from COVID-19 complications, NHK says
Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba died in hospital from complications related to COVID-19, public broadcaster NHK said late on Thursday. He was 82. Chiba a martial artist and imposing actor known for his legendary fight scenes was best known in the West for his role as swordmaker Hattori Hanzo in the "Kill Bill" series of films.
Dylan Penn takes the lead in family-affair 'Flag Day'
Dylan Penn, daughter of Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn and Robin Wright, says she initially turned down the chance to star in her father's new film "Flag Day" - her first major movie role - but its lengthy production let her mature into the part.
Based on Jennifer Vogel's memoir "Flim-Flam Man", the film centers around her relationship with her father John, a petty criminal turned counterfeiter.
R. Kelly accuser testifies that R&B singer made her dress like a Girl Scout
A key prosecution witness against R. Kelly at his sex abuse trial testified on Thursday that the R&B singer videotaped their sexual activity when she was 16 and insisted she dress like a Girl Scout. Jerhonda Pace, 28, one of the first women to publicly accuse Kelly of sexual abuse, spoke during her second day of testimony in Brooklyn federal court, the first of many expected prosecution witnesses against the 54-year-old Kelly.
Disney's U.S. parks to offer quicker ride entry for a fee
Tired of long waits for the Haunted Mansion or the Millennium Falcon? Walt Disney Co's U.S. theme parks will offer an option to pay for quicker access to some of the most popular rides, the company said on Wednesday. The feature is part of the rollout this fall of Disney Genie, a digital tool designed to help park visitors maximize their time at Disney's U.S. parks, now operating at limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requiring masks while visitors are indoors.
New York to mark coronavirus comeback with free concert
New York marks its emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic with a star-studded free concert in Central Park on Saturday. "We're reopening New York City to the rest of the world and music will be the catalyst," said record producer Clive Davis, who put together the event with promoters Live Nation.
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